If you are considered morbidly obese and would like to start living healthier and looking slimmer, you may qualify for surgical procedures. An evaluation with Barnes Bariatric can help determine if you qualify for surgical procedures designed to help you lose significant amounts of weight and keep it off. The following information will give prospective you an idea of what qualifies for obesity surgery.

Weight Loss Surgery Candidates

While obesity surgery is an effective way of losing large amounts of weight, it is not intended as a method of weight loss for individuals who are slightly overweight. Listed below are a few of the qualifications that must meet to be considered an appropriate candidate for weight loss surgery.

  • The number one candidacy requirement for obesity surgical procedures  is that the patient must be considered morbidly obese. Individuals with a body mass index of 35 or higher are typically considered morbidly obese.
  • Weight loss surgery candidates also typically show signs of health complications associated with obesity such as Heart Disease, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and Diabetes.
  • Candidates must have attempted traditional methods of weight loss such as diet and exercise.
  • Weight loss surgery candidates must be psychologically prepared to make permanent changes in their lifestyle. Commitment to a new, healthier way of life is essential to ensure the benefits of obesity surgery continue for a lifetime.
  • Many insurance companies require clinical documentation to prove of a history of morbid obesity.

Psychological Status

As a prospective candidate for weight loss surgery, Barnes Bariatric will require that you undergo a nutrition and psychological exam. A psychological evaluation is also required by many insurance companies. This routine review is performed to rule out severe emotional difficulties and determine whether you understand the lifestyle changes involved with weight loss surgery. Problems such as depression, anxiety and binge eating are very common among weight loss surgery patients and, in most cases, do not affect your access to surgery. Rather, you will be offered recommendations to address any identified problems as your relationship with food may change, as an example, if you are a “stress eater”, the Psychologist will help you find other techniques in stress management. Our weight loss treatment nutrition and psychological counseling program is designed to ensure you have the greatest chance of success with weight loss surgery.